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The Soils of the USA

  • Offers comprehensive information on the properties, distribution, and genesis of U.S. soils
  • Shows in detail the relationships between soils, landscapes and soil function for U.S. soils
  • Includes thought-provoking analyses of human influence on soil resources and future challenges for soil science

Series: World Soils Book Series

By: Larry T West(Editor), Michael J Singer(Editor), Alfred E Hartemink(Editor)

394 pages, 203 colour photos and illustrations, 82 b/w illustrations, tables


Hardback | Oct 2016 | #229790 | ISBN-13: 9783319418681
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NHBS Price: £129.99 $166/€145 approx

About this book

The Soils of the USA provides an overview of the distribution, properties, and function of soils in the U.S., including Alaska, Hawaii, and its Caribbean territories. It discusses the history of soil surveys and pedological research in the U.S., and offers general descriptions of the country's climate, geology and geomorphology. For each Land Resource Region (LRR) – a geographic/ecological region of the country characterized by its own climate, geology, landscapes, soils, and agricultural practices – there is a chapter with details of the climate, geology, geomorphology, pre-settlement and current vegetation, and land use, as well as the distribution and properties of major soils including their genesis, classification, and management challenges. The final chapters address topics such as soils and humans, and the future challenges for soil science and soil surveys in the U.S. Maps of soil distribution, pedon descriptions, profile images, and tables of properties are included throughout the text.

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